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Oculus Rift to be sold in-store at Best Buy starting May 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 2, 2016 9:39 pm

Starting May 7, Best Buy will sell physical Oculus Rift VR headsets and hold in-store demos.




In a move that has a lot of pre-buyers quite bewildered, Oculus announces that it will be selling a "small number" of Oculus Rift headsets in U.S. Best Buy stores. Standalone Rift headsets will also be on sale on the Microsoft Store and Amazon starting May 6.


"A small number of Rifts will be available for purchase at select Best Buy stores starting May 7 and online from Microsoft and Amazon, starting May 6 at 9 am PST. Quantities will be extremely limited while we catch up on Rift pre-orders," reads a post on the Oculus Blog.

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Battlefield devs rip on new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2016 8:34 pm

Battlefield devs rip the latest Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer, affirming the Battlefield 5 reveal footage will blow it away.




So far the reactions to Activision's latest Call of Duty game are mixed at best, and the competition at DICE have stepped in to poke fun at the footage. "Today I watched the new COD trailer. How quaint! Those cute little free-cam shots, precious 2010 graphics and grade school editing! Quaint!" said DICE dev Roland Smedberg in a deleted Tweet. Smedberg went on to criticize the "ugly" depth of field lighting, and promised that Friday's Battlefield 5 reveal video will be so good in comparison that the "internet will melt".


Perhaps the most hilarious (or harsh) bit was when DICE dev Randy Evans said that Infinite Warfare "looks like a game from 10 years ago." Evans, who is working on the Battlefield 5 trailer, echoed Smedberg's boasts by saying "the internet is gonna crumble!" once the BF5 footage launches. Even DICE's Julian Manolov chimed in by saying "3 and a half minutes of CGI...anyone got a link which shows the actual game?"



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Modern Warfare Remastered: maps, dedicated servers and more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2016 7:32 pm

Following the official Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal, Activision has outed key details about the Modern Warfare Remaster such as dedicated servers, a fully-fledged progression system, the first three multiplayer maps and more.




As revealed by the leaks, Modern Warfare Remastered will feature 10 multiplayer maps and the "full, iconic story campaign", and the first three MP maps have been revealed: Crash, Backlot, and Crossfire are confirmed. Dedicated servers are in, along with a full progression system, including the ability to reach Master Prestige, unlock weapon attachments, and more. Your old Modern Warfare stats won't carry over. Raven Software will develop the game.


The remaster won't be a separate disc but a full digital download, and is bundle-only with select Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare physical and digital bundles. There are only three ways to get Modern Warfare Remastered: in the $80 Legacy Edition, the $100 Digital Deluxe Edition, and the $119 Gamestop-exclusive digital-only Digital Legacy Pro Edition.

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Infinite Warfare is Call of Duty's first interplanetary space odyssey

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2016 7:00 pm

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has finally been revealed, and Activision has dropped tons of intel about the new game--co-op zombies, interplanetary space combat, and more have all been confirmed.



It turns out the rumors were right on the mark: the new Call of Duty is taking war to the heavens. Infinite Warfare's campaign missions will take players all over the "vast expanse of the solar system" in a planet-hopping foray in space, and one campaign mission even takes place on a "spinning asteroid hurling towards the sun". The campaign is said to feature "large-scale warzones" and will feature three environment types: boots-on-the-ground firefights, dogfights in the skies via airborne jets, and zero-g space combat/starship battles. The Retribution warship will be the campaign "hub", and players will get their very own starfighter called the Jackal.


The game seamlessly transitions between land to space combat without any loading screens, and the Jackal ship will be customizable. Infinite Warfare will also have its own "original" co-op zombies mode that's completely separate from the campaign experience. As far as multiplayer goes, Infinity Ward confirmed that some MP maps will be on different planets and space stations, so expect possible zero-G combat.


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Radiohead has left the internet

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 2, 2016 6:03 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, Radiohead has left the internet (apparently that's a thing you can do). Its homepage is now a plain white page and inspecting it reveals there's nothing super secret going on: there is just no real code there. As well, its Twitter and Facebook pages are blank.




The band hasn't gone completely dark on its fans, though: they've sent out leaflets in the mail marked with a cryptic message that reads, "Sing the song of sixpence that goes 'Burn the witch'."


Whether this is some kind of poetic publicity stunt for Radiohead's upcoming album or somehow related to frontman Thom Yorke's disdain for music streaming, we can't say for sure.

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NVIDIA 365.10 drivers optimized for Overwatch, Forza

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 2, 2016 4:06 pm

NVIDIA's new 365.10 drivers are juicy, featuring performance enhancements for some big titles as well as some fresh SLI profiles.




The optimizations are for Battleborn and the Forza Motorsport 6: APEX, Overwatch, and Paragon betas. It's encouraging to see the games getting performance love this early; between this, another likely driver at launch, and more developer-side work, you probably don't have to worry about framerate or frame pacing.


As for SLI, new profiles are for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, and Overwatch.


As ever, download the drivers through GeForce Experience.

LG fingerprint sensor sits beneath smartphone screen

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2016 3:08 pm

Fingerprint modules on smartphones typically require you to press your finger on a raised button, meaning they must be mounted externally. LG's South Korean outfit Innotek is innovating on this front, though, and has created a fingerprint sensor that doesn't require a button at all and is mounted beneath the screen, thus offering the functionality without interfering with the form.




With the sensor out of the way, companies can be more free with their smartphone designs.

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Power your phone and find your car with this double-duty device

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 2, 2016 3:00 pm



Now, not only can your phone help you get to your destination (all hail the GPS gods) can actually help you find your car, with help from Zus. Get the Zus smart car charger and locator for $29.99 at TweakTown Deals.


The Zus does double duty. Use it to charge your USB devices at twice normal speeds, and then pull up the app to use Zus as a honing device for your car. Whether your ride is across the parking lot or across town, Zus will lead you to it. Searching for it night? The built-in lighting will give you extra visibility.


Get the Zus smart car charger and locator for $29.99 at TweakTown Deals.

WhatsApp may be coming to Windows, OS X

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: May 2, 2016 2:14 pm

It appears a WhatsApp client is coming to Mac OS X and Windows, according to information uncovered by software sleuths WABetaInfo. The information seems to come from a survey on WhatsApp's translation page and pretty clearly indicates a beta is on the way. Although the text is rough in parts, bits like "Download for Mac OS X", and "Download for Windows" make it difficult to imagine another scenario.



The chat software is used by a staggering 1 billion people and is already available on Windows mobile, BlackBerry, Nokia, and Symbian, so it would not be surprising in the least to see native Windows and Mac clients appear. Should it happen, expect sync functionality across different devices and operating systems.

AMD is aiming at the VR market with its Polaris-based video cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 2, 2016 7:48 am

With both AMD and NVIDIA set to unveil their next-gen consumer video cards in the next month, AMD's position on VR is being solidified.




According to AMD's Corporate Vice President, Alliances, Content & VR, Roy Taylor, said that Polaris is being aimed at VR gaming PCs. With the minimum PC specs for VR kicking off with the Radeon R9 290, AMD has a great position in front of itself to nail VR gaming with Polaris.


AMD is trying to offer a great card for VR, and the upcoming Radeon R9 490X (which it should arrive as) will be a hugely popular card. We should expect 30-50% more performance over the R9 390X thanks to the new 14nm FinFET process, the new Polaris architecture and the possible use of GDDR5X.

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